‘House of the Dragon’: HBO releases photos from ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel

Westeros is back. And it’s very blond.

HBO released the first images Wednesday from its highly anticipated “Game of Thrones” prequel series, “House of the Dragon.”

The series, based on author George R.R. Martin’s “Fire and Blood,” follows the the Targaryen family 300 years before the events of the original series. And in the first glimpse of the new series, the relatives of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) are sporting the mother of dragon’s white-blond hair.

“Dragon” recently began production and is set to debut in 2022.

The three images show five of the series’ characters standing stoically on a beach (maybe the shores of Dragonstone, the longtime seat of Targaryen power) clad in Westeros’ best finery. But the real hints for fans eager for the new series are in the character descriptions HBO provided along with the images in a news release.

One image shows Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith (“The Crown”) as Prince Daemon Targaryen. HBO describes Rhaenyra as “the king’s first-born child, she is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything… but she was not born a man.”

Daemon, meanwhile, is the “younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne. A peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air…” The last line of his description indicates he might have some of the madness that plagued Dany’s father and brother.

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